My colleague is having her civil wedding next month. She was looking for ideas of what to wear for that special day. Of course, that meant no princess-like long-train gowns for her (what with the small space in the judge's office) so this brought about the idea of finding some short dresses that she could wear.
The "little white dress" may be worn on such similar occasions or for destination or outdoor weddings, where dragging a train would be such a bane while walking on, say, the beach. Brides having a more informal wedding may opt to wear a knee-length white dress or a cute dress which hemline falls just above the knee. Short wedding dresses also saves you time, effort and money for a separate reception dress. It's like a 2-in-1 look.
While browsing the Net, I found some dresses that you could wear for an informal, outdoor or destination wedding. Just remember to pick the right accessories for your look; for example, short veils like the birdcage complement your short wedding dress (if you're going for a more vintage look). Another tip: you can also look for similar dresses in sites offering cocktail or prom dresses. They have cute selections over there, too.
Top row, from left: Style 2005 from AlfredAngelo.com; Diane von Furstenberg 'Hippolyte' Crochet Lace Dress from Nordstrom.com; Style 1366 from EdenBridals.com.
Bottom row: from left: Style 19112 from MonCheriBridals.com; Cancun from Watters.com; Style DR161 from DemetriosBride.com.